Ecotelligent Homes Wins Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Ecotelligent Homes has been awarded a $10,000 cash prize for a social venture with market traction through the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.  The cash prize was sponsored by Consumers Energy and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) as part of a ‘Fostering Energy Affordability’ category.  Ecotelligent Homes won the prize because of their scalable solution to encourage reduction in energy use and development of tools to foster energy affordability within low-income communities. The Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge was created by Michigan Corps, in partnership with Great Lakes Entrepreneurs’ Quest (GLEQ) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  The challenge encourages new business ideas and emerging companies focused on sustainable social change in a wide range of areas including but not limited to energy, environment, and health. “We thank Consumers Energy and THAW for their support in improving the energy efficiency of Metro Detroit,” said Amanda Godward, Owner of Ecotelligent Homes, “and we appreciate the efforts of Michigan Corps and the MEDC in supporting developing companies with a focus on social justice across this great state.” MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney summarized the benefits of the award by saying, “In rewarding the best new ideas in energy efficiency, this competition will boost Michigan’s home grown entrepreneurs and jump-start new business ventures, and at the same time help our cash-strapped cities save energy and money.” Ecotelligent Homes received the award at the Entrepreneur’s Connect ’13 event held on June 18, 2013 in Lansing, Michigan.  The event hosted training, coaching, and networking sessions in the afternoon and recognized several new and emerging Michigan companies during the evening award ceremony. About Ecotelligent Homes Since the company’s founding in 2009, Ecotelligent Homes has been performing RESNET and BPI certified home energy audits and installing energy efficiency improvements to help countless Metro Detroit homeowners improve the comfort of their home, reduce their utility costs, and lessen their environmental impact.  After earning the Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation in the spring of 2012, they expanded into the commercial sector with Ecotelligent Buildings.  Commercial energy audits performed by Ecotelligent Buildings help small to medium size business owners improve their energy efficiency with cash flow positive investments.  The Ecotelligent staff holds a combination of Mechanical Engineering Degrees and a Master’s Degree in Energy Systems Engineering.